Engine Drivers

There is a fairly extensive biographical literature on engine drivers. There are a few autobiographies in the form of books (either written by themselves or with the assistance of professional writers) and there are the footplatemen who became general writers notably McKillop and the Essery brothers. R.H.N. Harvey also wrote extensively about the footplatemen whom he encountered as he rose from being a fitter who enjoyed riding on the footplate to becoming in charge of large motive power depots. The Railway Magazine during the 1940s included a series Top Link Drivers based on about four photographs per issue with very brief biographical notes: Issue No. 570 included Numbers 78 to 81 Vaughan in his Grub, water & relief includes anecdotes on drivers back to the beginning of the broad gauge. Some important material is contained in Gooch's diaries and in Joy's diaries..

 

Addison, Thomas A. (LMSR)
Began railway career at Nuneaton in 1906, transferred to Leicester mpd in 1925 and promoted to driver in 1928. Served in ROD on the footplate in France during WW1. Top link drivers, No. 81.. Rly Mag., 1947, 93, 226-7.

Almond, Michael John (GWR)
Aged 15 in 1822. Began employment on pumping engines. Very calm practical man. Probably arrived on GWR with the Sharp Roberts Lion. Involved in a collision between West Drayton and Slough with Appleby's North Star through negligence of a policeman called BroomheadGreat physical strength and stamina. Survived severral tyre failures. Allocated Great Britain of the Iron Duke class in July 1847. Gained nickname of Mad Sandy. Regularly drove at 80 mile/h and on 11 May 1848 drove the 53 miles from Paddington to Didcot in 47½ minutes: an evarage of 67 mile/h. He became Foreman of Paddington shed and retired in 1873. Vaughan, A. Grub, water & relief: being tales of the Great Western, 1835-1892. (1985).

Andrews, Bill
Photographed alongside Merchant Navy class No. 35026 on down Golden Arrow at Victoria Steam Wld, 1993, (74) 34

Appleby, Harry (GWR)
Dour, surly Geordie: regular driver of North Star.. Vaughan, A. Grub, water & relief: being tales of the Great Western, 1835-1892. (1985).

Axon, John
Born in Heaton Norris on 4 December 1900. Died 4 February 1957. Joined LNWR 12 December 1919 and became a driver on the LMS. He died as a hero when the steam brake pipe fractured on the 8F he was driving. He told his fireman to jump off, but he stayed on to warn of the appoach of his uncontrollable freight train on the decent to Chapel-en-le-Frith where he was killed. He was awarded the George Cross. The Ballad of John Axon was produced by Euan MacColl and Peggy Seeger. ODNB entry by Philip Carter. Memorial in NRM see Humm J. Rly Canal Hist. Soc., 2015, 38, 252. See also Jeffrrey Wells in Backtrack, 2008, 22, 387 and Andrew Dow in Steam World, 2005 (221) 28.

Barlow, Bernard
Born 1922. Didcot engineman. Didcot: Wild Swan, 1984

Barnes, J.W. (GER/LNER)
Began as cleaner at Stratford 0n 27 September 1899, made a driver in July 1919. During WW1 worked as fireman on trains through to LTSR, LSWR and SECR. He worked many Royal Trains and other important specials. Employed as Acting Inspector frequently. Maintained a record of each day's work, including the number of locomotives worked on. Portrait. Top link drivers, No. 107. Rly Mag., 1949, 95, 309..

Baron, Thomas
Born on 5 April 1835 at Adlington, Lancashire. Became a cleaner at Preston LNWR shed in 1855 where he beacme a fireman and was moved to Crewe in October 1861 and in September 1862 to Abergavenny where he became a driver for fifteen years until being promoted to night foreman. He kept a diary which is kept in the National Archive. See Simmons' Express train.

Beale, Donald
The footplate work is recorded in a thoughtful contribution by Neil Burgess in the defunct LMS Journal No. 38 p. 42 et seq

Beeson, Ray
Based at Guildford which he joined in 1950 as a cleaner. Worked on M7, U and Q classes and progressed to fireman and driver: noted that stopping freights especially on hilly routes called for skill. Quinn, Tom. Tales of the old railwaymen. pp. 104-14.

Begg, Sandy
Born in Kintore; started work as a cleaner at Kittybrewster; worked on NBR 0-4-0STs at Leith Docks, frove K3 class and finished on Glasgow Blue Trains. Quinn, Tom. Tales of the old railwaymen. pp. 168-78.

Bishop, F.C. (LMS)
Queen Mary  of the iron road, as told to M.C.D.Wilson and A.S.L. Robinson. (1946): A "ghosted" autobiography of Driver Bishop — the driver who accompanied the Coronation Scot to the New York World's Fair. See also Essery, R.J. and Harris, N. LMS reflections: a collection of photographs from the Hulton Picture Company. 1986.: Contains several pictures of locomotive "6220" with bell and headlight and of Driver F.C. Bishop and Fireman J. McKinnon Carswell whilst on exhibition at Euston prior to trip (page 55). .

Blackett, Tom
Carlisle fireman who worked as "extra fireman" on No. 6100 Royal Scot on its North American tour in 1933. Locomotive Mag., 1934, 40, 20 or Backtrack, 2015, 29, 134.

Blair, Donald
Fireman on high pressure locomotive No. 6399 Fury which suffered boiler explsion at Carstairs on 10 March 1930: he jumped from footplate and was slightly injured. See Carney

Bowker, Thomas
Retired April 1922 having worked at Vauxhall, Mnument Lane, Walsall and Dudley. Father (Christian name not yet known) shown on photograph of McConnel single No. 189 at Vauxhall shed in Locomotive Mag., 1923, 29, 191.

Brewer, Joe
Driver at Stewarts Lane whon liked speed (ex-Chatham man): Steam Wld, 1993, (74) 34

Bushell, George

Cage, Arthur
Based at Ipswich, but one of the star performers on the Cromer Expresses in the 1890s when oil firing assisted in achieving timings of 175 minutes for the 138 miles. See Locomotive Mag., 1936, 42, 264-6

Carr, John
Driver on the Dublin & South Eastern Railway see letter from him in Locomotive Mag., 1946, 52, 112

Carswell, J. McKinnon (LMS)
Essery, R.J. and Harris, N. LMS reflections: a collection of photographs from the Hulton Picture Company. 1986.: Contains several pictures of locomotive "6220" with bell and headlight and of Driver F.C. Bishop and Fireman J. McKinnon Carswell whilst on exhibition at Euston prior to trip (page 55).

Castle, A.T.W.
It was a red-letter day for Driver A.T.W. Castle when locomotive Aden was named, for not only was he selected to man No. 5633 for the ceremony, but it was also his 44th birthday. Driver Castle entered the railway service in 1917 and has been a driver for ten years; in September, 1945, he returned to the L.M.S. after 6 years Army service, in the course of which he became C.S.M. of an Indian Railway Operating Unit, and spent some time at Aden on his way to India. Assisting Driver Castle was Fireman J. Page, who entered the railway service in 1934 and became fireman in 1937. Locomotive Mag., 1946, 52, 132.

Caudle, Samuel Rowland
Born at Avening near Stroud in Gloucestershire: probably joined Midland Railway in South West and moved to Carlisle to work Settle-Carlisle Line. Died in 1922. Unfortunate driver of train which ran into the rear of another train at Ais Gill on 2 September 1913 and subjected to show trail at Carlisle Assizes where even the Judge was critical of his own sentence and led to a Royal Pardon. It seems that drivers were required to lubricate the motion during the climb to Ais Gill in spite of working in the dark and without proper lighting and in this way a key signal was missed. Whole unhappy incident considered in great depth by the late Peter Robinson in Backtrack, 2014, 28, 666 and 2015, 29, 46.  

Chicken, John GWR)
Perhaps not a good example as not reprimanded for drinking on duty (was the GWR Board occupied by the brewerage?). Vaughan, A. Grub, water & relief: being tales of the Great Western, 1835-1892. (1985).

Clarke, Thomas James
Many lesser authorities omit the "e" from the Clarke, but The Times gave his name when reporting his award of the OBE (issue 13 July 1837). He joined the London & North Western Railway Company (LNWR) in December 1888 in his home town of Crewe, working from cleaner to driver at Crewe North shed. In 1936, the LMS was contemplating a six hour non-stop service between London and Glasgow and needed to ascertain its practicality. On 16 November 1936 a special with No. 6201 Princess Elizabeth at its head, Tom Clarke and Fireman Charles Fleet and Passed Fireman Albert Shaw reached Glasgow Central in 5 hours 53 minutes 38 seconds. The following day they did it again in the reverse direction in 5 hours 44 minutes 14 seconds. On arrival the crew were taken to Broadcasting House and interviewed by the BBC. Driver Tom Clarke and Princess Elizabeth grabbed the headlines and in 1937 Hornby, the famous Liverpool manufacturer of O gauge model railways, choose the locomotive for its most prestigious project. This locomotive was only produced for two years and was not reintroduced after the 1939-45 war. To publicise the new model when it was launched on 1 May 1937, Hornby arranged for a photograph to be taken at Edge Hill depot, Liverpool with two school boys holding a model alongside the real locomotive. Also in the picture were Tom Clarke and his regular Fireman Charles Fleet. He was reported as saying "It's grand" a well-known Crewe expression at the time. Tom Clarke also was involved in the press run of No. 6220 Coronation on Tuesday 29 June 1937 when he set a new speed record of 114 mph on the approach to Crewe and then ran to London in 135 minnutes.Less than a month after claiming the world speed record, on 12 July 1937 Tom Clarke drove the Royal Train from Crewe to Euston. On reaching the terminus, King George VI who had been travelling with Queen Elizabeth, Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret summoned Tom from the footplate. Unwashed and still wearing his overalls, the King conferred upon Tom the Order of the British Empire, for his record runs to and from Glasgow in 1936. Tom retired in 1938 and continued to live in Crewe, pursuing his interests in fishing and snooker. He died aged 80 in January 1954, after a short illness. See Internet, Allen British Pacific locomotives and Lcomotive Mag., 1936, 42, 375. 

Clow, Peter
Based at Rugby: drove Precursor No. 7 Titan during trials between LNWR locomotives and LBSCR superheated tank engines: had four brothers who also worked on the footplate. See letter from Albert E. Clow, a nephew in Cape Town. Locomotive Mag., 1946, 52, 48

Cockram, F.
Fireman on 28XX from Swindon for tests on Glenfarg Bank on North British Edinburgh to Perth line in 1921. See Locomotive Mag., 1921, 27, 26

Collis, F.
Worked King George V Funeral Special which left King's Lynn for London behind B17 No. 2847 Helmingham Hall crewed by Driven F. Collis and Fireman E. Foiser of Cambridge depot. Locomotive Mag., 1936, 42, 42.

Conduit, Tom
Began engine cleaning at Hereford c1939; moved to Whitland in 1941 and in 1942 became a fireman and moved to St. Philip's Marsh. After a period at Bath Road he moved back to Wales at Carmarthen.Tim Bryan's All in a day's work

Cook, Francis (GWR)
Great grandfather of Adrian Vaughan. Joined GWR at Chippenham as a cleaner in March 1875 when fourteen. He became aa fireman when seventeen at 3/6 per day. Career troubled by excessive drinking. By 1891 he was driving at Southall, but in June 1892 he was fined for putting drink before duty and was dismissed in 1899, but the brewerage took care of him, firstly at Simmon's brewery in Reading an then as landlord of the King's Arms in Wantage.. Vaughan, A. Grub, water & relief: being tales of the Great Western, 1835-1892. (1985).

Coote, Reg.
Joined Southern Railway in 1941: had previously worked on a Thames barge: on page 24 refers to Sammy Jingle presumably Gingell. Quinn, Tom. Tales of the old railwaymen. pp. 16-32.

Cottrell, Tom
Driver ae Ebbw Vale in 194 7: portrayed in.Tim Bryan's All in a day's work

Cowley, John
Died at West Hartlepool on 31 December 1927 (eve of his eighty-sixth birthday). Born in Ireland on 1 January 1842. Fireman on Stephenson's Locomotion, has recently died at West Hartlepool on the eve of his eighty-sixth birthday. His parents had moved in 1849 to Durham City, and at the age of fourteen years, while working for a contractor at Durham, obtained employment as fireman on Locomotion, which had been lent to the contractor to convey stores from Leamside to Durham. During the Empire Exhibition in 1924, Cowley visited Wembley as a guest of the L.N.E.R, and was photographed on the footplate of the engine of the first passenger train in the world, the engine he fired seventy years previously. Later in life Cowley moved to West Hartlepool, where he worked in a shipyard. See Locomotive Mag., 1928, 34., 39

Cox, Percy
P. Ransome-Wallis. Men of the footplate (1954).

Crump, Bob
Long autobiographical letter in Great Western Rly J., 2016, 13, 246. Started work in 1944 at Pontypool Road and glad that he moved elsewhere as was spared working on LNWR locomotives

Davidson, Alexander (Sandy)
An employee of the North Eastern Railway, but at St. Margaret's Edinburgh where he started as a cleaner and became a junior driver there before transfer to Haymarket in 1904. He was a very reliable driver and always ran to time, but never attempted to recover any. He had three Gresley A1 Pacifics allocated to him and took part in the  non-stop Flying Scotsman workings. He retired in 1935. See Knox North British Rly Study Gp J, , 2015 (124) 6

Davidson, George
Went  in 1838 with locomotive Samson from New Shildon to Nova Scotia where he remained. Locomotive Mag., 1935, 41, 247.

Davies, Walter S.
Of Crewe North depot taken to Perth Royal Infirmary as result of being scalded on footplate of Royal Scot locomotive when boiler pierced by connecting rod on 19.30 Euston to Aberdeen on 28 February 1936. Although badly scalded he brought train to halt. Driver Morris fatally wounded in accident: see Scotsman report

Deal, Bill (BR)
Essery, R.J. and Harris, N. LMS reflections: a collection of photographs from the Hulton Picture Company. 1986.: contains (pp 85-90) "day in life of" Driver Bill Perry and Fireman Bill Deal based on Bletchley for Picture Post in 1949.

Dearden, J.
On 18 June 1897 the French Ambassador was driven by Driver Dearden from Dover to Victoria in 85 minutes. See Locomotive Mag., 1897, 2, 113

Deveraux, J.
Bangor driver mentioned in connection with fast running: Locomotive Mag., 1935, 41, 139

Dobson, James [Jimmie]
Originated in Tillicoultry where he started work in 1899, but moved to Cowlairs in 1901. In 1906 he was snowbound at Steele Road. In Fal;kirk Tunnel a rail displaced off another train pierced the cab narrowly missing Dobson. When driving A3 Spearmint in November 1939 he was seriously injured as the train was leaving Polmont by an open carriage door on another train. NBR Study Gp. J., (40), 25

Dobson, Percy
Skilled driver who drove counter pressure converted NER 4-6-0 see Rly Wld., 1981,42, 540

Dougan, Ross
Running foreman at Haymarket. Had started in 1906 as a fireman at St. Margarets. He was stocky and strong and had driven Royal Train conveying King and Queen in 1922. McKillop Enginemen elite.

Drayton, John
Born in 1907. Driver at Pontypool Road. Author of two books: On the footplate: memories of a GWR engineman. (Truro: Bradford Barton, 1976. 112pp) and Across the footplate years. (London: Ian Allan, 1986. 128pp)

Dron, T.
Gatehead driver who drove Silver Jubilee set to Edinburgh and back on 26 September 1936: Locomotive Mag., 1936, 42, 324

Duff, Robert (GWR)
Driver on standard gauge Shrewsbury & Chester Railway absorbed by GWR in 1854. Went to Egypt in June 1860. Returned to GWR in 1862 and in October 1888 became shed foreman at Corwen.. Vaughan, A. Grub, water & relief: being tales of the Great Western, 1835-1892. (1985).

Earl, Lawrence .A.
Retirement from Camden shed in 1946: Locomotive Mag., 1946, 52, 189. Author of Speeding north with the 'Royal Scot' OUP, 1939 and Engines I have driven Trains Annual, 1948, 81-9.

Eltringham, Charles
Son of John (below): a tall strong looking fireman: photographs with father working No. 10000 on pp. 36 and 44 of Brown's Hush-Hush:

Eltringham, John
Father of Charles: photographs with father working No. 10000 on pp. 36 and 44 of Brown's Hush-Hush:

Falkinder, James
Death of James Falkinder, of New England, Peterborough, who was driver of Great Northern. Ry, 8-ft. single engine, No. 668, for years in 1933. He, with his fireman, John Bean, drove that engine In the memorable race on three nights in August 1895, from King's Cross to Grantham, in 101 minutes. They passed Hatfield in 16¾ minutes and reached Peterborough in 72 minutes. Mr. Bean, now a retired driver, is still living Peterborough. See obituary Loco. Rly Carr. Rev., 1933, 39, 82.

Fenwick, David
David Fenwick, having mounted the tender to adjust the communication cord, was unfortunately struck by a bridge near Cove and instantly killed when driving No. 779 Breadalbane, the leading engine of the Queen's train from Aberdeen to Perth on the occasion of her journey south on the 21 June 1898. See Locomotive Mag.. 1898, 3, 97.

Foiser, E.
Worked King George V Funeral Special which left King's Lynn for London behind B17 No. 2847 Helmingham Hall crewed by Driven F. Collis and Fireman E. Foiser of Cambridge depot. Locomotive Mag., 1936, 42, 42.

Gardner, Claude.
Portayed as driver of Pendennis Castle in Tim Bryan's All in a day's work

Gasson, Harold
Series of autobiographical works published OPC: Firing days (1973: Ottley 12009),  Footplate days (1976: Ottley 12010) and Nostalgic days (1980: Ottley 12012). Extracts in John Farrington's Life on the line (1984) and Tim Bryan's All in a day's work

Gilbertson, William
Carlisle driver who worked No. 6100 Royal Scot on its North American tour in 1933. Locomotive Mag., 1934, 40, 20 or Backtrack, 2015, 29, 134.

Gimbert, Benjamin
Born in Ely on 6 February 1903; died 6 May 1976. Buried Eastswood Road Cemetery in March. Awarded George Cross for his bravery on 2 June 1944 when he risked his life to lessen the impact of a fire in an ammunition train whien he was driving WD 2-8-0 No. 7337. The incident happened at Soham. His fireman James Nightall was killed. See Andrew Dow in Steam World, 2005 (221) 28. and Memorials in Red Lion Square, Soham and in village church and in Community College. The George Cross awarded on 25 Jukly 1945 and the nameplater from No. 47 574 Benjamin Gimbert GC are on display in the March Museum see Humm J. Rly Canal Hist. Soc., 2015, 38, 252  Also RCTS Locomotives of the LNER Part 6B page 133.

Gingell, Sam (SR)
Remarkable man mentioned many times by R.H.N. Hardy. Began work on a coal lorry in South London, and then became a coal miner in South Wales, to which he cycled. Joined SECR at Battersea. Never off work for illness. Portrait of Sam pulling a face alongside Sir Harold Macmillan:. McKillop, N. Ace enginemen (1963); Kenneth H. Leech. Rly Wld, 1957, 18, 307. See alsa Cloud anthology

Gourlay, George
Driver involved in Elliot Junction accident and harshly sent to prison for being "drunk" on duty. Accident took place during mismanagement of line during a blizzard. See Nisbet, Alistair. Elliot Junction [accident] 1906. Backtrack, 2005, 19, 455-62.; Major Pringle's Accident Report  (published 20 April 1907) and  Niall Ferguson; The Elliot Junction accident Br. Rly J., 1992, 5, (44) 178 and in Rolt's Red for danger (pp. 121 et seq) and very sympathetically by Hamilton Ellis in his North British Railway and probably by John Thomas.

Gulliver, Vinsun
Aged 109 when interviewd by Quinn. Born at Upton in Warwickshire in 1889.  Started work as an engine cleaner on 3 September 1907. Conscientious objector during WW1. Moved to Gorton on the LNER where he served as a driver. Died August 1997. Quinn, Tom. Tales of the old railwaymen. pp. 66-9.

Gutteridge, Harry
King's Cross Driver who was at controls on A3 Papyrus when it went north to Newcastle before record southbound run with Sparshatt in charge see Locomotive Mag., 1935, 41, 93.

Hailstone, Ted
See Steam Wld, 1998, (138), 40 for Bradford to Doncaster footplate work on Immingham 4-6-0.

Hall, Donald
Polmadie driver of high pressure locomotive No. 6399 Fury which suffered boiler explsion at Carstairs on 10 March 1930: he remained on footplate and was very slightly injured: and travelled back to Glasgow by train. See Carney

Harris, Walter T.
Began on GWR at Taunton in 1908 as a cleaner, when his parents were living in Wellington. Old Oak Common: P. Ransome-Wallis. Men of the footplate (1954).and Kenneth H. Leech. Rly Wld, 1957, 18, 307.

Harry, Evan (GWR)
Boorn in February 1841, joined South Wales Railway at New Milford in 1855. After many adventures involving excessive drinking became the driver of the Malmesbury Railway when the line opened in Deceember 1877 and survived until retirement in January 1908. . Vaughan, A. Grub, water & relief: being tales of the Great Western, 1835-1892. (1985).

Hayden, Joseph "Charlie"
Retired 1949. Nickname Kay Don, after motor racing driver. Noted for high speed running. Probably based at Swindon. Pictured with streamlined King class No. 6010 in Peter Timms In and around Swindon Works.

Hayward, Jim (NER>BR)
Joined NER as a cleaner at Tyne Dock. Involved in derailment on a coal staithe when working on FGH shunter. Also told McKillop of his very rough treatment as a fireman by some of the drivers. Spent his driving career on heavy freight at Tyne Dock. Portrait. McKillop, N. Ace enginemen (1963)

Henderson, James
Fireman on  broad gauge train carrying Sultan of Turkey to Windsor. Noted points at Slough incorrectly set which led to his early promotion to driver: later a Locomotive Inspector at Swindon: British Rly J. 1986, 2, 172

Henderson, Robert
Driver of NBR 4-4-0T No. 103 Montrose at Stephenson Centenary celebration in Newcastle in 1881: see Locomotive Mag., 1911, 17, 121.

Henderson, Tom
Haymarket driver noted for his work in the Newcastle with his Atlantic No. 878 Hazeldean. On one northbound run he recovered 38 minutes of lost time. He took part in the  non-stop Flying Scotsman workings. See Knox North British Rly Study Gp J, , 2015 (124) 6

Herwin, John Rufus
Norwich driver who helped to instigate sub-three hour timings for Cromer expresses from Liverpool Stree in 1890s.

Hinder, W. [Bill]
Swindon driver who had Gordon Shurmer as fireman and worked to Cardiff and Leicester. Tim Bryan's All in a day's work 

Hodgson, Stan
See Steam Wld, 1998, (138), 40 for self-portrait. R.H.N. Hardy noted that he joined  GNR in December 1922. Died November 1997.

Hooker. Bert
Author of Nine Elms engineman (Truro: Bradford Barton [1985] notes that he was born on 2 July 1916 at Dartford: his father worked  at Slades Green and other members of the family worked on the railway. The book describes his activities as a fireman, mainly during WW2 and importantly during the 1948 Locomotive Exchanges when he fired the Bulleid Pacifics through Woodhead Tunnel, over the Highland line and over Shap. The book contains several errors: The Red Knight is descibed as an LN, and the asbestos works which employed him when the Southern Railway laid him off for the winter was presumsably in Erith, not "Frith" Working 800 ton coal train from Feltham Marshalling Yard to Durnsford Road power station with N15 4-6-0 No. 30755 The Red Knight which retained its large diameter cylinders, but was liable to prime and unbraked wagons had to be capable of being slowed for junctions and stopped at level crossings.see Railway Wld, 1986, 47, 470<

Hoole, William [Bill]
Kenneth H. Leech. Rly Wld, 1957, 18, 307.

Hopkins, William
Worked at Parkhead as a  driver. He showed commendable initiative in preventing a serious accident by warning the driver of an approaching express that the line was blocked by derailed vehicles at East Fortune on 1 November 1906. See Knox North British Rly Study Gp J, , 2015 (124) 6

Hubbard, Fred
Died on 24 February 1917 when only 57. Norwich driver on GER. who managed to stop up train from Cromer before encountering wreckage of down Cromer express at Witham in 1905. See Locomotive Mag., 1917, 23, 62

Hurst, Jim (GWR)
Friend of Daniel Gooch: originated in Lancashire. Enjoyed driving fast, but was frequently fined for misbehaviour and had to be sent to Totnes. Ended as a labourer in Swindon Works and retired in May 1876 aged 64. His son with same name was an apprentice at Swindon Works and ended up being its Foreman. For a time he was Locomotive Superintendent of the Jersey Railway. Vaughan, A. Grub, water & relief: being tales of the Great Western, 1835-1892. (1985).

Hutton, Bert
Nickname Doggy: top link at Stewarts Lane. See R.H.N. Hardy. Attention to detail. Part 4. Steam Wld., 1995, (96) 27

Isles, Peter
Began on Dundee & Arbroath Railway, but moved to Edinburgh & Northern Railway at Burtisland. Drove last train over old Tay Bridge to survive and first northbound train over the Forth Bridge. See NBR Study Gp. J., 1996, (65), 21

Jackson, John
Carlisle fireman who worked No. 6100 Royal Scot on its North American tour in 1933. Locomotive Mag., 1934, 40, 20 or Backtrack, 2015, 29, 134.

Jenkins, Jack
Electric Jack of Landore: see correspondence from Bill Crosbie-Hill and letters inspiring it and following it up in Great Western Rly J., 2013, 11, 357.

Keir, Alexander
Died at Kirn on 14 November 1920. Former well-known personage on the Great Eastern Ry. Mr. Keir had reached the great age of ninety-four. He was a driver on one of the Scottish railways until he joined the Eastern Counties Ry. in 1850. He became locomotive foreman for the London district in 1866, and retired at the end of 1897. See Locomotive Mag., 1921, 27, 51

Kew, Thomas
Awarded rare Edward Medal for bravery for shunting wagons loaded with ammunition on 1 October 1917 during the major explosion at the White Lund munitions factory,

King, George
Photograph of him in classic drive pose ready to haul Royal Train with the Emperor of Abyssinia aboard from Portsmouth Harbour to Victoria Steam Wld, 1993, (74) 34

King, Tom
Born in Walsall on 25 June 1898; died 23 March 2002. Driver at Bristol Barrow Road from 1936. Started work as a cleaner in 1915. Obituary Midland Record, (17), 33. . See series in Midland Record starting in Issue 10 page 5.

Knapp, W.
Camden driver mentioned in connection with fast running: Locomotive Mag., 1935, 41, 139 and LMS Journal, 2004 (7) 2

Knights, Anthony  
Died in April 1917 aged almost 91: born 27 April 1826. Engine driver based at Colchester who regularly drove 07.50 to London. Obituary states retired "forty years ago". Locomotive Mag., 1917, 23, 106

Lapham, W.
Camden fireman mentioned in connection with fast running: Locomotive Mag., 1935, 41, 139

Last, Bill
Born Stnham Aspall near Stowmarket. Son of a steam haulage contractor. Father moved to Cambridge. Bill started work as an apprentice fitter at Cambridge LNER shed in October 1932, but moved to being a cleaner in July 1936. Became a fireman in May 1942 and a driver in October 1954. Worked Royal Trains and took early retirement in April 1982 then worked for Alan Bloom at Bressingham. See Ian Allen 55 years of steam

Lee, John
Died 20 February 1954 in Perth due to burns sustained from blow-back on No, 72005 Clan MacGregor near Auchterarder on Aberdeen to Manchester fish train. His mate John Lindsay died on 22 February. Charlie Meacher Living with locos.

Leonard, John (GWR)
A driver who was involved in a contratemp with one of the GWR directors. Vaughan, A. Grub, water & relief: being tales of the Great Western, 1835-1892. (1985).

Lindsay, John
Died 22 February 1954 in Perth due to burns sustained from blow-back on No, 72005 Clan MacGregor near Auchterarder. He was the fireman

Liver, John (GWR)
Mentioned on page 7 of Vaughan, A. Grub, water & relief: being tales of the Great Western, 1835-1892. (1985).

Loveridge
On 17 June 1897 Grand Duke Serge of Russia was driven by Driver Loveridge from Dover to Victoria leaving at 16.00 and arriving at 17.40. See Locomotive Mag., 1897, 2, 113

Lovering, Jack
Driver at Old Oak Common: McKillop, N. Ace enginemen (1963)

Lovesey, W.H.
Driver who travelled with 28XX from Swindon for tests on Glenfarg Bank on North British Edinburgh to Perth line in 1921. See Locomotive Mag., 1921, 27, 26

McCaig, Charles
Worked at Parkhead as a fireman. He showed commendable initiative and courage in preventing a serious accident by warning the driver of an approaching express that the line was blocked by derailed vehicles at East Fortune on 1 November 1906. See Knox North British Rly Study Gp J, , 2015 (124) 6

McClelland, Jim
Born in Newton Stewart; left school in 1944, and started as an engine cleaner at the local shed. Moved via Stranraer to Carlisle and latterly worked steam specials. Quinn, Tom. Tales of the old railwaymen. pp. 134-44.

McKenna, Frank

McKillop, Norman (NBR>BR)

Manley, Ron
Southern Region fireman who fired Leader class: see Michael Harris. Steam Days, 1995, (66) 115

Marshall, John
Fireman on No. 224 which went down with the Tay Bridge See NBR Study Gp. J., (65), 28..

Mason, Harry (LNWR>LMS)
page 52 Essery, R.J. and Harris, N. LMS reflections: a collection of photographs from the Hulton Picture Company. 1986: Driver Harry Mason retiring on 6138 London Irish Rifleman at Euston on 26 May 1933 (joined LNWR in 1888).

Meacher, Charles (Charlie)
Started at St Margarets on North British Railway: autobiographical books

Merryweather, F.G. (GER>LNER)
Began railway career on 11 September 1901 on GER at Palace Gates. Transferred to Stratford in 1914. Promoted to driver in 1920. Eventually worked non-stop trains to Yarmouth, Lowestoft and Cromer, the Continentals and the Eastern Belle. Top link drivers, No. 80. Rly Mag., 1947, 93, 226-7..

Metcalfe, John
Died at Redcar on 18 February 1927; aged 87. Born in Middlesbrough. Worked as a fireman on the Stockton & Darlington Railway from age 14. Drove the now preserved Derwent and worked on footplate for over fifty years. Locomotive Mag., 1927, 33, 86.

Miles
Worked King George V Funeral Special which left Paddington on Tuesday 28 January brhind No. 4082 Windsor Castle at about mid-day for Windor with Drivetr W.H. Sparrow and Fireman Miles.. Locomotive Mag., 1936, 42, 42.

Millman, Reginald (LSWR/SR)
Born on 14 May 1885; railway career began as cleaner on LSWR, appointed fireman in 1906 and driver on 15 May 1919. Portrait leaning from cab of 21C141. Top link drivers, No. 106. Rly Mag., 1949, 95, 309..

Mills, Leonard (GER>LNER)
Began railway career as a call boy on 13 June 1904; became cleaner in 1906 and a driver in 1920. In express passenger link at Stratford and duties included the Eastern Belle Pullman. In 1944 he volunteered for working United States ambulance trains with air-braked B12 No. 7479. He was based at Bournemouth. For his work with the American Forces he received a letter of commendation from Major Paul Schultze of the Medical Corps. Portrait. Rly Mag., 1947, 93, 300-1.

Mitchelll
Driver of No. 224 which went down with the Tay Bridge See NBR Study Gp. J., (65), 28..

Moore, Herbert (GWR)
Began railway career as a cleaner on 2 January 1904 at Stourbridge. Appointed fiireman at Landore on 8 January 1907 and promoted to driver on 16 June 1919. At time of publication was working express trains from Swansea to Carmarthen, Cardiff and to Paddington.. Top link drivers, No. 79. Rly Mag., 1947, 93, 226-7..

Morris, George (LMS)
Of Crewe North depot died in Perth Royal Infirmary as result of being thrown from footplate of Royal Scot locomotive when boiler pierced by connecting rod on 19.30 Euston to Aberdeen on 28 February 1936. Badly scalded Fireman Walter S. Davies brought train to halt: see Scotsman report

Morrow, Robert
Driver on Stockton & Darlington Railway in early days: see Locomotive Mag., 1928, 34, 63-4

Nightall, James William
Born on 20 May 1922 in Littleport, Cambridgeshire and was killed on 2 June 1944 when acting heroically to save the town of Soham from a blazing ammunition train being hauled by WD 2-8-0 No. 7337 driven by Benjamin Gimbert. He was awarded a posthumous George Cross. The George Cross was awarded on 25 July 1945; the George Cross and other awards are displayed in Soham Village College. No. 47 579 James Nightall GC marked the act: later No. 66 079 carried the name see Humm J. Rly Canal Hist. Soc., 2015, 38, 252  Also RCTS Locomotives of the LNER Part 6B page 133.

Oakes, Walter
On 5 June 1965 engine driver Wallace Oakes, then 33, left his home in Sandy Lane, Sandbach, and boarded the train for work at Sandbach Station. He joined his fireman, Gwilym Roberts, and took their allotted engine, Britannia Class engine number 70051 Firth of Forth, at Crewe Station. Waiting for them was the 14.05pm express to Carlisle. Below the chimney inside was a petticoat that directed the exhaust out - with a blockage to the chimney the exhaust would have no way of escaping. As the train entered Winsford station the firebox door was open and suddenly part of this petticoat gave way, blocking the chimney completely. This resulted, without any warning, in a massive blowback engulfed both driver and fireman. Fortunately Roberts was leaning out of the cab window and although his legs were very badly burned he was able to climb onto the outer steps. There he put out his burning clothes by rubbing them against the bodywork and then holding onto the outside of the tender doors. He realised that the brakes were being applied and remained there until the train came to a stop. Oakes was badly burned as he stood in the midst of the flames that engulfed the footplate. He partially closed the regulator, opened the boiler and pulled on the steam brake, bringing the train to a halt. Only then, with his clothes almost totally burned off and with 80 per cent burns to his body, did he fall from the footplate and onto the embankment. He had almost certainly prevented massive loss of life by averting the destruction of the train. Roberts was badly burned but able to phone the signalman and raise the alarm. The southbound Royal Scot was signalled to stop and take both men to hospital. Oakes was so badly burned that a week later, after leaving hospital, he died of his injuries. For remaining at his post, engine driver Wallace Oakes was posthumously awarded the George Cross for gallantry and in 1966 he was also awarded the Bronze Medal of the Carnegie Hero Trust. Off Internet.

Oram, William George (GWR)
Began his railway career at Salisbury on 20 April 1903 as a cleaner. Appointed fireman on 16 January 1906 and driver on 31 March 1919. In 1947 was in No. 1 passenger link working to Bristol and Cardiff (from Salisbury). Portrait. Rly Mag., 1947, 93, 300-1.

Osborne, Wally
Driver at Swindon.  Tim Bryan's All in a day's work 

Pascall, W.
See Locomotive Mag., 1914, 20, 96: after 48 years' service on the L. & N.W. R., W. Pascall, of Crewe. had retired. He had been an engine driver for 42 years.  Pascall was driver of the pilot which preceded the Royal train during King Edward's reign. He drove the Royal train during the first visit ot King George to Ireland and also on the occasion of the Investiture of the Prince of Wales at Carnarvon. On the return of the Royal party from Wales, driver Pascall, with the engine Coronation, had charge of the special, which came off the Cambrian system, from Whitchurch to Carlisle. Portrait

Peachy, F.
See Batsford The book of speed with contribution on driving the non-stop Flying Scotsman.

Pearce, Thomas
Great Western driver at Wolverhapton. Author of The locomotive: its failures and remedies (Ottley 2977). Reviewed in Moore's Monthly Magazine page 30.

Perry, Bill (BR)
Essery, R.J. and Harris, N. LMS reflections: a collection of photographs from the Hulton Picture Company. 1986.: contains (pp 85-90) "day in life of" Driver Bill Perry and Fireman Bill Deal based on Bletchley for Picture Post in 1949.

Pibworth, Alf
See Hughes Rly Wld 42 638 for account of his skill in handing A1 4474 on the extremely difficult GWR mainline to Exeter where the curvature was uncompensated during the 1925 locomotive exchange. F.A.S. Brown (Nigel Gresley) called him 'Mad Alf': certainly his work on the South Devon banks was superb. Portrait of Driver Pibworth, Sir C. Batho, Lord Mayor of London in top hat, and Gresley wearing a bowler both of latter on footplate on No. 4472 prior to departure of inaugural non-stop Flying Scotsman Locomotive Mag., 1928, 34, 176. .

Pile, Leonard (Len)
Camden top link driver responsible for the long Euston to Carlisle trains, including the Royal train. McKillop, N. Ace enginemen (1963).

Pile, T.B.
Camden fireman of No. 6200 The Princess Royal on Crewe to Willesden Junction record high speed run: Locomotive Mag., 1935, 41, 231  

Pink, A.
Driver A. Pink oiling LMS 4-6-0 with vacuum pump on "31 August 1927". page 11 of Essery, R.J. and Harris, N. LMS reflections: a collection of photographs from the Hulton Picture Company. 1986. 

Potts, G.C.
Bankers and pilots: footplate memories. Truro: Bradford Barton, 1985: working life spent at Mexborough initially on steam (including working Beyer Garratt up Worsborogh incline) and latterl as motorman from Wath..

Redpath, J.
Haymarket A4 driver (No. 60024 Kingfisher); criticed in his youth as a fireman for failing to assist his driver in sighting signals on a right-hand drive D11/2 (Linlithgow accident 19 December 1925 investigated by Col. Mount) : see Knox NBR Study Gp. J., 2016 (129) 28

Reynolds, Michael
Engine driver, later locomotive inspector during Stroudley's period on L.B.&S.C.R. Author of several books: Locomotive engine driving (see Ottley 4032); Engine-driving life (Ottley 4042); Real railway anecdotes (Ottley 7676): all were published within the period 1875-1895. See also books
Ralph Harrington: It is that extraordinary writer Michael Reynolds who provides the clearest nineteenth-century formulation of this relationship. In Engine Driving Life: Stirring Adventures and Incidents in the Lives of Locomotive Engine-Drivers he depicts a railway landscape which is as beset with peril and adventure as any storm-tossed sea, and requires of locomotive crews that they 'exhibit heroism as genuine as that which graces a battle-field: men who die at the post of duty, in all the pride of manhood, turned by erring hands into the valley of the shadow of death.' The key, of course, is provided by those words 'turned by erring hands'; all the heroism and bravery of the best of engine-drivers is in vain, warns Reynolds, if that driver or someone upon whom he depends has not done his homework and is not following the rulebook: 'Discord and confusion underlay all railway working, but the rightly-prepared mind and eye can steer through the vague mass of points, and traps, and gullets, and signals, and 8 tunnels. Reynolds urges upon enginemen the finest human qualities, but these alone are not enough; 'that code of regulations which experience has taught us is absolutely essential for the safe working of railway traffic' must be followed, and while the most desirable solution would be 'to put the fallibility of man out of the reckoning, and to substitute automatic devices' in all possible aspects of railway peration, failing that the men on the footplate must be as close to machinery in their own behaviour as possible. He was author of Stroudley biography in Rly Mag., 1900, 7, 251.

Inventor of peculiar locomotive (10 foot single driver with friction wheels to add extra adhesion when required, patented in 1894: GB 7883/1894 Improvements in locomotive engines Priority 21 April 1894 (checked Espacenet). Locomotive Mag., 1903, 8, 446-7. Also contributor to Locomotive Magazine. Brian Reed notes Reynolds reverential treatment of his boss in Loco Profile 32.

Ricks, Clem
Driver at Swindon.  Tim Bryan's All in a day's work 

Roscoe, Bob (GWR)
Born Liverpool in 1818. Joined LMR in 1834 as a cleaner. Moved to GWR where associated with locomotive Sultan. Noted for his good humour. In trouble (annd fined) for arriving at Gloucester too quickly and in placing excessive reliance upon Clarke chain brake, but rewarded fo stopping train in time to save hounds of Old Berks Hunt. Beacame Royal Train driver (for which he was paid an extra sovereign for every journey) and drove "Sir Daniel Gooch's" 09.05 Windsor to Paddington. Vaughan, A. Grub, water & relief: being tales of the Great Western, 1835-1892. (1985).

Selway, Harry
Originated on Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway, but working at Holbeck with Type 45 diesel electric on Thames Clyde Express between Glasgow St Enoch and Carlisle when encounted by McKillop. McKillop, N. Ace enginemen (1963)

Shurmer, Gordon
Great Western man who unusually spent his whole career at Swindon (starting in 1937).  Tim Bryan's All in a day's work 

Simmons, C.H.
P. Ransome-Wallis. Men of the footplate (1954).

Sims, Ernie
Driver at Swindon.  Tim Bryan's All in a day's work 

Slowen, Joshua
Born in Leeds in 1830. Recollections extending from 1838 to 1903 published in Sheffield Independent 9 October 1903; also Rly Wld., 1983, 44, 350-1 noted by Simmons in Express trains

Smith, H.P.
Camden driver of No. 6200 The Princess Royal on Crewe to Willesden Junction record high speed run: Locomotive Mag., 1935, 41, 231  

Smith, Peter
The footplate work is recorded in a thoughtful contribution by Neil Burgess in the defunct LMS Journal No. 38 p. 42 et seq

Sokell, J.
Grimsby man: see Locomotive Mag., 1928, 34, 203 with portrait marked retirdment of a driver on the Manchester, Sheffield & Lincolnshire Ry., and latterly the L. & N.E. Ry. He couldclaim a total of about 1½ million miles on the footplate. :In 1884 Sokell was fireman to driver Fred Hargreaves on No. 221, M.S. & L. Ry., which he states was a most satisfactory engine for fast goods and passenger work. He had several adventures and experiences on this engine as well as others he has driven. No. 221 engine, M.S. & L. Ry., was one of the first class of Mr. C. Sacre's goods engines. Sokell's last engine was G.C.R. 427 City of London, 4-6-0 express engine, working between Cleethorpes and Leicester, a 240 miles run, timed sharp with a heavy train.

Soutar, John
Born in Arbroath in 1833; joined Dundee & Arbroath Railway when aged 18. He drove the Royal Train; noted for high speed running between Perth and Aberdeen; retired in 1900 and died in 1912. Locomotive Mag., 1948, 54, 94-6.

Southgate, Albert
Driver Albert Southgate ran into the sand drag on a J39 at Shenfield due to colour blindness and the reaction of Rupert Vereker Richard Hardy's boss at Norwich..Steam Wld, 1996, (106) 26-30

Sparrow, W.H.
Worked King George V Funeral Special which left Paddington on Tuesday 28 January brhind No. 4082 Windsor Castle at about mid-day for Windor with Drivetr W.H. Sparrow and Fireman Miles.. Locomotive Mag., 1936, 42, 42.

Sparshatt, William [Bill]
King's Cross Driver who was at controls when Mallard attatined the world speed record and on A3 Papyrus when it achieved 108 mile/hour at broadly the same location as Mallard's world record. Many images of him, but basic biographical information lacking. see Locomotive Mag., 1935, 41, 93.

Speed, R.W.
Camden fireman mentioned in connection with fast running: Locomotive Mag., 1935, 41, 139

Stark, Walter
Employed by London, Chatham & Dover Railway; maybe visible in two photographs in Backtrack, 2025, 29, 561.

Starvis, William T. (Bill)
Born Newmarket: left home in 1913 when aged 16 to work at Camden shed. Latterly kept a diary from which extracts appeared in Steam Wld.:
1996 (110) 16.

1997 (115), 16

Stephenson, James
Elder brother of George Stephenson Driver on Stockton & Darlington Railway in early days: see Locomotive Mag., 1928, 34, 63-4. Stephenson Locomotivbe Society website: James , the eldest son, became an engine driver on the Stockton & Darlington Railway when it opened in 1825. He drove Locomotion No. 1. In 1830 he moved to George's new colliery at Snibston on the Leicester & Swannington Railway, where he was appointed superintendent. He stayed until his death in 1847.

Stevenson, William [Bill]
Top link driver at Haymarket. Has a Chapter (9) to himself in McKillop's Enginemen elite which relates the hard work demanded from firemen when working the heavy fish trains from Aberdeen hauled by NBR Atlantics; also running into a gang of permanent way workers who were nlot protected by flagmen on the NBR. Other tales relate to the loss of a tyre from A3 No. 2500 Windsor Lad near Dunbar when working a return excursion from Newcastle. Close association with Donibristle aand HMS Merlin and his regular A4 No. 60027 Merlin.

Stokes, Ken
See Both sides of the footplate: started as a cleaner at Holbeck on 25 March 1924. Rose to be an inspector with wide experience including the final period of steam on the Eastern Region.

Summers, Alf
Took him ten years to progre ss from cleanner to fireman at Old Oak Common during the depth of the 1930s Depression. Engines good and bad; alsoTim Bryan's All in a day's work

Swan, James [Jimmie]
Often known as Swannie. Top link driver at Haymarket. Noted for running the non-stop Flying Scotsman over the longer route via Falahill and the Waverley route through Kelso withhout stopping for water. Has a Chapter (10) to himself in McKillop's Enginemen elite , but this does not mention his involvement in a fatal collision at Haymarket in 1923: see Knox North British Study Gp J.,

Talbot, Tommy
Began his railway career at Taunton, worked as fireman at Old Oak Common, and driver at Landore. McKillop, N. Ace enginemen (1963)

Thomas, James Arthur
Died during night of 16 November 1952 due to accident at Reading shed (Western Region). He had started work at Abercynon. see Backtrack, 2014, 28, 346

Thompson, James
Photograph of man who drove on the opening day of the Liverpool & Manchester Railway. See Locomotive Mag, 1911, 17 pages 26 and 8 (for actual photograph)

Thompson, 'Wor Bill'
Mentioned on page 7 of Vaughan, A. Grub, water & relief: being tales of the Great Western, 1835-1892. (1985).

Thurston, W.
Worked King George V Funeral Special which left Wolferton for King's Lynn worked by B12 No. 8520 driven by W. Thurston and fired by A. Tobell Locomotive Mag., 1936, 42, 42.

Till, George (SR)
Born in 1884 and joined LSWR at Barnstaple in 1898 as a cleaner. Appointed fireman 1911, moved to Nine Elms depot and promoted to driver in 1917. During WW2 in charge of many private and special trains. Top link drivers, No. 78. Rly Mag., 1947, 93, 226-7.

Tobell, A.
Worked King George V Funeral Special which left Wolferton for King's Lynn worked by B12 No. 8520 driven by W. Thurston and fired by A. Tobell Locomotive Mag., 1936, 42, 42.

Trower, G.W.
Joined GNR at Doncaster in 1893; passed to fire in 1897 and to drive in 1911. Retired in 1940 after 47 years service. He accompanied Cock o' the North to Vitry in France see Locomotive Mag., 1941, 47, 2

Turner, Edward
See Gt Western Rly J., 2011, 11, 122: driver at Bordsley 1901-08 (portrait)

Watkin, Ralph
Witness at arbitration Gray vs LNWR: formerly an engine driver on the York &: North Midland Railway. He had driven the engines with Gray's gearing and found tbem economical but not so handy for the driver;  they had a steadier and a sweeter motion and he thought they were lighter on repairs and would take heavier loads. In cross-examination Knowles asked about his present occupation and Watlcin replied: "I am a publican ... I shall be very happy to make you c:omfortable if you will call at the Elephant and Castle in Slceldergate at York".

Webster, J.W.
Essery, R.J. and Harris, N. LMS reflections: a collection of photographs from the Hulton Picture Company. 1986: page 11 Driver J.W. Webster in front of 6164 at Euston

Whitty, Henry George (LNWR/LMS)
Began railway career in 1906, became a fireman in 1911 and driver in 1919. Always stationed at Camden. Had driven expresses for twenty years. Duties included Royal Train and special trains for Winston Churchill. Portrait. Rly Mag., 1947, 93, 300-1.

Wilkie, George
Driver at Burnisland who knew Marshall and Mitchell, the footplatemen on the ill-fatted No. 224 which went down with the Tay Bridge. He had been born on a farm and did not join the railway until he was 22. See NBR Study Gp. J., (65), 28.

Williams, F.H.
Bangor fireman mentioned in connection with fast running: Locomotive Mag., 1935, 41, 139

Wimhurst, W.
Jointed GWR in 1893; top link driver at Old Oak Common in 1927. See Locomotive Mag,., 1928, 34, 15

Witkins, Sid
Driver who introduced David Joy to the footplate (see Joy's Diaries)

Wood, Wilfred
Notable for having a locomotive named after him: No. 5536 Private W. Wood, V.C. Two pictures of Driver Wood with Patriot class locomotive named to commemorate his bravery on 28 October 1918 during WW1 in Italy. He joined the LNWR at Stockport on 15 June 1914; became a fireman on 22 May 1919 and a driver at Newton Heath on 8 June 1936. See Rly Mag., 1943, 89, 357. See also Jeremy Higgins. Great War railwaymen. which explains how he won the VC for brave service at Casa Van in Italy on 28 October 1918 and adds that he retired in 1960 as a supervisor at Longsight depot and died in 1982

Woodley, Thomas
Died at Lincoln in May 1907, aged 83. Was one of the drivers on Lord Willoughby de Eresby's railway.. From some notes he left it appears that Lord Willoughby applied to the G.N. Co. for an engine driver for his private line and Sacre, District Locomotive Superintendent at Peterboro', offered Woodley, who had been foreman at Doncaster in charge.of locomotive repairs, the situation which he accepted. His lordship was seldom at home, and in view of the unsatisfactory condition of the engines Woodley appears to have given offence to the steward informing him of the true state of affairs, which Lord Willoughby, with his practical knowledge of locomotives, would have noticed at once. After eleven months' service, therefore, he was not mu surprised to hear that another man was coming from the North of England. Woodley went, back to Doncaster according to agreement, and whilst a driver there S.W. Johnson, 1ater locomotive superintendent of the Midland Ry. was his fireman, for six months, as a gentleman pupil of course. He was afterwards driver on the South Yorkshire Ry., and took the first train over the Trent Bridge at Gunness (G.C.R.) with the directors to Grimsby. So there is little doubt he was a trusted man imd a good tutor, which the writer of the "Reminiscences" of course had no means of ascertaining.See Locomotive Mag., 1908, 14, 208.

Yates, Horace
Joined GCR as a cleaner at Birkenhead in 1918: transferred to Gorton as fireman in 1922 and then moved to King's Cross as a young driver, but it took him from 1927 until 1950 to get into the top-link. Includes log of Flying Scotsman worked non-stop to Newcastle behind 60021 Wild Swan (with fireman J. Stannard) (complete log). A highly cultured man with interest in literature and music, and very fond of his yellow car. Portaits. McKillop, N. Ace enginemen (1963)

Young, Albert
Joined the LNWR as a cleaner in 1913 at Camden shed. He served in the infantry during WW1 and was injured, but returned to the LNWR and was made a fireman in 1919, He became a driver in 1935 and continued in that capacity during WW2 having to suffer aerial attack from enemy aircraft and creating a smokescreen to escape detection. Firing on the Euston to Carlisle turns was considered the ultimate test of firing ability. He enjoyed working at night and was appreciative of most of the locomotives upon which he worked including the LNWR classes (the cab controls on the Experiments were abdured, however). The Crabs and Compounds were well received, but his favourite class was the Duchess Pacifics once the streamling had been removed (it caused draughts and dust on the footplate). P. Ransome-Wallis. Men of the footplate (1954).

 


Ralph Harrington
Perceptions of the locomotive driver: image and identity on British railways, c.1840-c.1950. paper given at the &lsquo;Occupational Identity and Railway Work' conference held on 15-16 September 1999 at the National Railway Museum, York